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German minister urges DİTİB mosques to ensure independence from Turkey

German minister urges DİTİB mosques to ensure independence from Turkey

Germany’s largest association of mosques needs to undertake fundamental reforms to ensure its independence from Turkey after reports that its clerics spied on people in Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said on March 14.

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Turkish Alevis release list of suggestions for ‘pluralistic’ religious education in new curriculum

Turkish Alevis release list of suggestions for ‘pluralistic’ religious education in new curriculum

A Turkish Alevi foundation has released a list of suggestions that was submitted to the Education Ministry on Jan. 30 to demand that officials include lessons on their faith in religious classes amid changes to the country’s curriculum.

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Compulsory religion class ‘against the law,’ court in Turkey’s south rules

Compulsory religion class ‘against the law,’ court in Turkey’s south rules

A court in the southern province of Antalya has ruled that compulsory religion classes are “openly against the law,” following a complaint filed by an atheist family

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Turkish Religious Affairs Head condemns beating of student in Quran class

Turkish Religious Affairs Head condemns beating of student in Quran class

Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) Head Mehmet Görmez has condemned the beating of a student in a Quran class in the Marmara province of Sakarya on May, 2016, after footage showing a religion teacher beating the student went viral on social media

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Birthday of Caliph Ali to be celebrated by government for first time since 1980

Birthday of Caliph Ali to be celebrated by government for first time since 1980

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said the government will hold an official ceremony in Ankara to mark the birthday of Caliph Ali, 27 years after the last time it was celebrated with the Alevi community of Turkey.

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Iran says it has finally received Saudi hajj invite

Iran says it has finally received Saudi hajj invite

Iran said Jan. 10, it had finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year’s hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it

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Turkish deputy PM slams Germany's espionage claims for imams

Turkish deputy PM slams Germany's espionage claims for imams

No member of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) and the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB) is a spy and their duty is not to spy on people, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said on Feb. 18.

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Orthodox Christmas Eve marked in Istanbul

Orthodox Christmas Eve marked in Istanbul

The Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul has celebrated the birth and baptism of Jesus Christ with a special mass held on Jan. 6. The celebrations began with a mass held in the Hagia Yorgi Church led by Patriarch Bartholomew

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Raid on imams stems from political competition in Germany: Top religious official

Raid on imams stems from political competition in Germany: Top religious official

Accusations of espionage against Turkish imams in Germany stemmed from a “defamation campaign” that was tied to the political climate ahead of elections in the country, Turkey’s top religious official has said.

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Federation launches legal proceedings against Muslim televangelist who said ‘playing chess sinful than gambling’

Federation launches legal proceedings against Muslim televangelist who said ‘playing chess sinful than gambling’

The Turkish Chess Federation (TSF) stated on Jan. 3 that it has launched legal proceedings against a Turkish televangelist who recently claimed that playing chess is more sinful than gambling

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Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate launches probe into imam campaigning for ‘yes’

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate launches probe into imam campaigning for ‘yes’

Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Mehmet Görmez has warned imams “not to engage in politics in mosques,” as an investigation was launched on Feb. 7 into an imam who called for a “yes” vote in the constitutional referendum.

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Playing chess is more sinful than gambling: Muslim televangelist

Playing chess is more sinful than gambling: Muslim televangelist

Turkish televangelist Ahmet Mahmut Ünlü, popularly known as “Cübbeli” Ahmet Hoca (Robed Ahmet Hoca), has raised eyebrows by claiming that playing chess is more sinful than gambling, daily Hürriyet reported on Jan. 2

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Turkey to get new religious class curriculum in line with Euro court rulings

Turkey to get new religious class curriculum in line with Euro court rulings

Compulsory religion classes in Turkish schools will be taught in such a way to approach all religions equally while an approach that championed Sunni Islam will reportedly be eliminated in accordance with European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rulings, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said.

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Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate condemns terror attack at Reina club

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate condemns terror attack at Reina club

Directorate of Religious Affairs Head Mehmet Görmez released a statement on Jan. 1 condemning the deadly attack at a nightclub in central Istanbul, which claimed 39 lives, describing the act as “savage and horrific.”

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